01. Jaunt's on Fire ->
02. Let the Drummer Take One
03. My Freedom ->
04. Blowin' Up the B Line
05. Let Dreams Do
07. You or I
08. I Foreign Eye*
01. Enjoy the Ride -> Equinox^ -> Enjoy the Ride
02. Colorado ->
03. Dog Gone Blues ->
04. Regretless Acceptance
05. Black Bart ->
06. Just for One Night
07. Old Thompson ->
08. One Too Many
* New Original, First Time Played
^ John Coltrane, First Time Played
- Colorado, Dog Gone Blues, and Regretless Acceptance were played in succession for the first time
This show was played in honor of Tom
December 5, 2012 Subject:
This is The Jauntee at their best, totally loose and in complete control of their wild abandon.
The sound of this tape is effing great (as usual). All of the instruments are perfectly up-front and bright. I can never hear the bass on my laptop, though.
I love the "2nd jam" in the opening track, Jaunt's On Fire. It rages its Type I main jam theme perfectly, before collapsing back in on itself for a tagged-on coda jam that finds Caton playing around with the vocal melody on his guitar and Scott getting weird on the drums (without losing a step in the process).
This is a prime example of a band that is confident and comfortable; they're able to let go and lean into the chaos and unknown, knowing full-well that they can handle whatever curve-balls come pouring out of their fingers, trusting enough in themselves and each other to skillfully handle each note, however unwieldy and tension-filled, and coax them into a fire-breathing crescendo.
Or they'll drop back into a funk beat and melt the ending into a wavering space-sheet of reverberant deep-blue radiance, gliding out past Neptune on a bed of delay-drenched suspense flanked by expertly-crafted complementary piano, which understated enough to slip just between the sentries guarding your immediate attention, but present and grounded enough to remind you that yes, we did begin on planet Earth. I'm not quite sure where we are now, but the drummer just took one and either way, we all win.
And if music is exploration, then by the time we hit the 33 minute mark of this laughably monstrous take on Enjoy The Ride, we've more than hit pay-dirt. Gliding past countless hidden worlds that the band chose to visit briefly for a moment (which those of us back home, thanks to the co-operation of taper-extraordinaing bvaz, can return to whenever the internet allows us), the band hits a gleeful stride around the 33 minute mark, when the music slips into a delightfully up-beat groove built around a perfect inter-locking lattice-work of Caton's rhythmic guitar and Scott's peppy hi-hat work.
And just as quickly as we arrived, the rollercoaster takes a turn into weirder territory, where colors are not right side up and you can't wring out a door. Only somehow, the band lands itself again in more rational waters, as Caton lets sail some tremolo-soaked guitar behind Scott's leading hi-hat rolls.
There's just so much fucking music here, man.
Sensing the impending ending, the band coalesces together for one more ride back upwards toward the ceiling, clutching tightly to the sides of Tones' piano and Scott's ride cymbal, with Caton capping it off with some great lead licks, an insurance policy of sorts just in case the previous 40 minutes wasn't good enough. A great rhythmically-based motif proves the final descent, appropriately marking the final wind-down, making way for some SERIOUS Bro Love on the tape.